20 Best Fun Things to Do in Dubai - 2020 (With Photos)
Even though luxury is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the UAE, you will be delighted to know that there is an unending list of fun things to do in Dubai for adventure enthusiasts and thrill seekers too. The global city of Dubai has emerged as a hub for tourists in the last few years because of the sheer range of activities you can participate in. 

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You can spend your day enjoying adventure sports like dune bashing, or head to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa to witness the spectacular views of the Gulf. The world famous hotel, Atlantis The Palm is a must-visit destination with its private beaches and thrilling water parks.

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To add some adventure to your sojourn, participate in the fun activities to do in Dubai -- check bungee jumping and skydiving off your bucket list. Witness the glitz and glamour of Dubai in all its glory on a cruise along the creek with a view of the impressive skyline. Book your tickets for Dubai Tour today for a truly memorable holiday.

Here is a list of the best fun activities to do in Dubai:

01

Enjoy Thrilling Rides at Aquaventure Waterpark

Enjoy Thrilling Rides at Aquaventure Waterpark

Get on the thrilling rides in one of the largest waterparks in Dubai and experience an adventure like never before. When it comes to fun activities to do in Dubai, there is nothing more exciting than the frenzy of riding adrenaline-inducing rides like Anaconda and Tower of Poseidon.

Drop into the largest fiberglass tube in the world, ride the river that connects the park's waterways, and experience a goosebumps-inducing plunge into a tank full of sharks and rays. 700 meters of pristine private beach awaits you at Aquaventure Waterpark, along with sizzling delicacies at the 15 chic restaurants.

Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Price: AED 363 for adults, AED 286 for kids

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02

Experience Shark Encounter at Dubai Aquarium

Experience Shark Encounter at Dubai Aquarium

Witness the world’s most dangerous predator at the stunning Dubai aquarium. The 10-million litre tank houses over 33,000 aquatic animals and a large collection of sand tiger sharks. A spectacular 48-meter glass tunnel has been crafted so you can watch these magnificent creatures from up close.

Sharks and stingrays directly swimming overhead and over 140 species of marine life flanking you - it is a truly overwhelming moment. There are many ways you can experience the rich marine life at Dubai Aquarium - arrange a glass bottom boat tour, try snorkelling in a cage, or go swimming with the sharks.

Location: Financial Center Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10 am to 12 am

Price: AED 595

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03

Skydive Indoors at IFly

Skydive Indoors at IFly

The skydive experience at IFly is one of the best fun things to do in Dubai as it allows you to experience the sensation of freefalling through space with none of the dangers. Dual, 10-meter tunnels have been installed with acrylic glass walls and the ultra-modern, state of the art technology will make you forget that you are not really falling from the sky.

Ideal for kids and adults, the ride is conducted in a highly controlled environment and is extremely safe. The instructors are qualified and polite and will help you if you are just a novice.

Location: Play Nation Area, City Centre Mirdif, Ghoroob, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road

Timings: 12 pm to 10 pm

Price: AED 220

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04

Visit the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck

Visit the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck

The observation deck of Burj Khalifa is located at the 124th and 125th floors. Shoot to the top in the glass elevators at a pace of 10 meters per second and witness the gorgeous city disappearing beneath you.

Once you reach the top, you will be able to take in the mesmerizing view of Dubai’s breathtaking skyline, its golden sandy deserts and aquamarine oceans. The walls are made of glass and telescopes are available for a closer up view. You can also step into the open air terrace in order to feel the breeze on your face.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 8 am to 11 pm

Price: AED 140

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05

Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai

Overnight Desert Safari in Dubai

The desert safari in Dubai conducted overnight, is one of the most fun things to do in Dubai especially for adventurous souls. Take a ride to the golden desert that flanks the city and watch as the highways turn into sand dunes. There is no better way to experience the Arabian desert than under the star-studded night blanket.

Try dune bashing for a truly thrilling experience and ride on humpback camels, take stunning photos in local costumes, and get a beautiful Henna tattoo. The unique blend of culture, nature and adventure will turn out to be the most cherishable experience of your vacation.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: no timing restrictions

Price: AED 340

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06

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Explore the fascinating world of marine dwellers of Dubai with the unique adventure of scuba diving on Jumeirah Beach. Witness over 65,000 marine species and marvel at the rich sea life of Persian Gulf.

Traverse the vibrant and colourful coral reefs as you descend underwater, and if you are lucky, you may even come across a shipwreck to explore. A range of scuba diving courses is available at various diving centres on the beach.

Some other popular diving sites include Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, and Dubai World Islands which feature rich diversity of marine life. Zainab and MV Ludwig are perfect for the seasoned divers who want to explore shipwrecks.

Location: Jumeirah Beach Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: No timing restrictions

Price: AED 375-455

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07

Enjoy at Wild Wadi Waterpark

Enjoy at Wild Wadi Waterpark

Jumping into the exciting water slides and rides at Wild Wadi water park is one of the most joyful fun activities to do in Dubai no matter what your age is. The theme park is based on the legend of Juha and it has unique slides and features that will blow your socks off.

For true adrenaline junkies, Jumeirah Sceirah offers a 120-metre drop through a trapdoor. Other rides include Burj Surj, wave pool and surfing. You can also participate in the unique experience of a simulated flash flood. Retail outlets and dining options are also available.

Location: Jumeirah Street, Next to Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah 2

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm, every day

Price: AED 336 per person

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08

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning

The unforgettable hot balloon experience is one of the most fun things to do in Dubai. Witness the glitz and glamour of this global hub from 3000 foot in the air, enjoy the panoramic vistas of golden sandy deserts gleaming in the sun, and watch as magnificent falcons circle and sore around the balloon.

You can also arrange a gourmet meal up there. Enjoy your food as you witness the beauty of deserts and sea coalescing together, and get lost in the breathtaking vistas. The sunset against the backdrop of Hajjar mountains is truly unmissable, painting tangerine hues across the sky.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 5 am to 9.30 pm

Price: AED 923.24

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09

Tour the City in a Helicopter

Tour the City in a Helicopter

Enjoy the spectacular vistas of this mesmerizing city by arranging a helicopter tour. There is no dearth of fun things to do in Dubai, but there is nothing quite like a 30-minute ride over the tallest buildings in the world.

Enjoy the view of sandy deserts and turquoise blue waters, witness the top of iconic structures like Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al-Arab, and Burj Khalifa - the most beautiful skyscrapers in all of UAE. Fly over the World - the first man-made island in the world in the Persian Gulf and take countless pictures from this unique vantage point.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

Price: AED 650

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10

Enjoy the Dubai Fountain Show

Enjoy the Dubai Fountain Show

Enjoy the choreography of water, music and light at the largest water fountain in the world. Witnessing this unique and spectacular sight from up close is one of the most fun things to do in Dubai. The spectacle is conducted with the help of 6,000 brilliantly illuminated lights and 22,000 gallons of water.

Crafted by 25 different coloured lights and accompanied by contemporary and classical music, the fountain is truly dazzling. You can witness the gorgeous Dubai skyline through the water or hire a boat to cruise alongside Dubai Fountain Lake.

Location: Dubai Mall - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 7 pm to 11 pm

Price: AED 20

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11

Dubai Marina Cruise

Dubai Marina Cruise

Experience Dubai in the most unique fashion by hiring a cruise which will take you on a tour of the stunning Marina Bay. The classic tour is being conducted for several years now. Your journey will start at the luxurious and stylish Dubai Marina and you will be witnessing the dazzling skyline of the city in all its glory at night.

Meanwhile, delicious local delicacies will be served alongside drinks and coffee. You will also get to see the older, traditional parts of the city, which provide a great contrast to the modern glitz and glamour. Experience heights of luxury and comfort at the Marina Cruise.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 8.30 pm to 10 pm

Price: AED 200

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12

Flyboard in Dubai

Flyboard in Dubai

If the regular water park rides are not enough for you, elevate your skills to the next level with flyboarding. This thrilling adventure in Dubai will leave you wanting for more. Strapped onto a jetpack-like device, you will feel as if you are flying over water when powerful streams of water shoot you in the air.

Seasoned experts can flip and streak through the air like a superhero, while the novices can simply enjoy the smooth gliding feeling. Various facilities provide the services and experienced staff is available at all times to guide you through the process. You will cherish the exciting experience your entire life.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 300

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13

Enjoy indoor skiing at Ski Dubai

Enjoy indoor skiing at Ski Dubai

Imagine skiing right next to the scorching desert of Dubai where the entire family can have fun. The first indoor ski resort in the entire city, Ski Dubai offers guests a chance to enjoy various activities like skiing, snowboarding, zip lining etc.

The indoor snow park is the most popular place where you can enjoy the winter wonderland, learn skiing, engage in a snow fight, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa. You can also enrol in the ski school if you are new to the activity. Close encounters with cute and cuddly snow penguins can also be arranged.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10 am to 11 pm

Price: Tickets start at AED 100

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14

Dune Bashing

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Dune Bashing

Engage in one of the most adventurous fun activities to do in Dubai by booking a desert safari tour where you can engage in dune bashing. If you have an adventurous soul, you will find this off-roading experience the most thrilling thing you’ve ever done. Just rent a 4x4 vehicle like Fortuner and embark on a journey of skipping and sliding through the golden sands of the desert.

If you are a novice, you can also hire any one of the countless agencies in Dubai and head outside the city. The drive will be followed by barbecue dinners featuring Middle Eastern dishes and live belly dancing shows.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 800

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15

Bungee Jumping

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Bungee Jumping

Adrenaline junkies and rookies alike will love the thrill and excitement offered by a 150-meter bungee jump with speeds that can touch nearly a hundred kilometre per hour. Climb to the top of a 1560 m tall building and jump, connected only via a cord. As you hurtle towards the ground and your heart rate soars, you will be saved by the cord.

One of the most popular adventure sports in the world, bungee jumping is a truly exhilarating experience you will remember for a lifetime. You can hire any one of the countless agencies to arrange a jump.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 700

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Sand Boarding

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Sand Boarding

Witness a new side of Dubai far away from its skyscrapers, glitz and glamour. Hire a 4x4 safari to explore its deserts and experience the thrill of sandboarding. Admire the spectacular landscape and take countless pictures.

If you are an expert, you can drive the vehicle and experience every goosebumps-inducing skid and slip yourself. For novices, there are countless agencies you can hire that will arrange these trips. You can choose from normal dunes to highly adventurous routes.

The safari, sandboarding and dune bashing activities will be followed by a scrumptious dinner featuring the local delicacies. You will also get to witness exotic dancers performing live and belly dancing for your entertainment while you have dinner.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 400

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Skydiving in Dubai

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Skydiving in Dubai

There is nothing quite like a skydive from a plane to get your blood pumping and get your senses to awaken. There is no dearth of fun activities to do in Dubai, but for the adventure seeker, regular activities can be quite boring. If you are looking for a high adrenaline rush, experience skydiving in Dubai, which is an unparalleled experience.

Witness the stunning city beneath you and behold Dubai in the most spectacular fashion. You can go skydiving over the desert zone, or near The Palm island. If you are new to the sport, you can also try tandem jumping with an instructor.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 6 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 1700

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18

Bounce - Indoor Trampoline Parks

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Bounce - Indoor Trampoline Parks

The unique experience of jumping up and down on the trampoline may sound weird at first, but trust us, it is one of the best fun activities to do in Dubai. The club hosts several fitness activities, including separate classes for women. You can also engage in the after dark parties held here if you fancy that.

There are about 100 trampolines placed in the club, and bouncing on locals as well as tourists flock here daily to get a solid workout while still having fun. Bursting with vibrancy and energy, make sure you give this place a try when you are in the city.

Location: 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Timings: 10 am to 12 am

Price: AED 150

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Dirt Biking in Dubai

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Dirt Biking in Dubai

What could be more exciting than riding a dirt bike on the highways and desert dunes of Dubai? For the adventure enthusiasts, this is the next level of adrenaline-inducing activities that will leave you breathless. But if you are a novice - no need to worry.

There are several academies located in the city where you can learn the basics. Experience the thrill of dune bashing, zoom along highways, and have an adventure of a lifetime. Customised-fit programs are available where you can choose to rent a bike on your own, get an offer for your entire group.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings: 9 am to 10 pm

Price: AED 1250 for 3 hours

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Swim With Dolphins at Dolphin Bay

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Swim With Dolphins at Dolphin Bay

What could be more exciting than swimming in clear blue waters with the most adorable creatures of the sea? Despite the array of activities available, one of the most fun things to do in Dubai is to simply splash around in the bay with cute and cuddly dolphins.

A truly -one-of-a-kind experience awaits you at Dolphin Bay where you can dive deep into the depths of the lagoon right next to the fascinating Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. In total, there are three lagoons at the Bay and you will be accompanied by a marine mammal specialist when you meet these beautiful creatures.

Location: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Price: AED 700

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